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Re: Is it a good idea to use CVS for this??

From: Matt Riechers
Subject: Re: Is it a good idea to use CVS for this??
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 13:22:37 -0400

address@hidden wrote:
> Well, one coworker has suggested storing the output of the build process (
> that is, the final executables, dlls, etc. ) in CVS.

As the manual plainly states, CVS is not a build system, only a potential
component of it. You *could* put all that stuff in CVS, but it isn't very
useful. Archives should go elsewhere, and that could be automated by your build

> But, I
> have some reservations about putting it in CVS.  I can't however, put my
> finger on exactly why I think CVS isn't the best place for this stuff.

Generally, you want to put source files, not derived files, under version
control. For instance, it wouldn't make sense to keep object files generated by
a compiler in CVS, since they can always be recreated at any time. It would be
better to make sure you can recreate any build from the repository, and keep
archives of builds as a convenience, if desired.


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